The Women’s League of Burma (WLB) have released an important report detailing ongoing crimes of sexual violence – over 100 cases documented since 2010, including 47 gang rapes – perpetrated by the Burmese military in ethnic regions of Burma. The report, “Same Impunity, Same Patterns“, urges for an immediate end to sexual violence and to the prevailing system of impunity that enables military perpetrators to evade prosecution. The report also outlines necessary actions to stop sexual violence crimes, hold perpetrators accountable, respect international law and live up to the recent promise of democratic reform.
“To bring justice for the victims of rape and sexual violence, we must take steps to ensure truth, justice and accountability,” notes Tin Tin Nyo, General-Secretary of WLB. “There can be no real reform without stopping all forms of violence, correcting the judicial system, amending the Constitution and enforcing the law to protect women’s lives.”
Despite Burma’s transition to a civilian government in 2010, military offensives – which widely use rape as a weapon of war – continue to be waged in ethnic conflict areas. Human rights abuses perpetrated by the military are well documented throughout the country yet the government continues to fail to address military crimes or hold perpetrators accountable.
The WLB consists of thirteen women’s organizations representing difference ethnic areas in Burma. For over a decade, they have reported on the Burmese military’s human rights abuses in conflict areas – including systematic sexual violence.
The Nobel Women’s Initiative partnered with the Global Justice Center to launch the report on Tuesday in New York City.
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